Cliff Drive

Missouri’s only urban scenic byway

The Drive.

At Cliff Drive, you can find nearly five miles of paved road that winds around beautiful rock and forested landscape. Every weekend, the Drive is open only to bikes and pedestrians looking for a unique path that’s conveniently located at the North end of Kansas City, but feels like a whole other world.

The Org. is your resource for all events and groups associated with this unique and thrilling Scenic Byway. Check out ways that Cliff Drive can be your weekend recreation spot any week of the year, and find out about all the groups that join up here at Cliff Drive for their sports, athletic events, and recreational activities, by clicking on Events


Will Royster – President

Will initiated the popular “Car Free Weekends” program for Cliff Drive in 2008, and he is leading the current restructuring of the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee to expand the variety of activities within Kessler Park. Will believes that Kessler Park and the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway are worthy of national attention, and he envisions an array of activities that will engage Kansas City residents while also drawing visitors from all parts of the Country.

Will has previously served as Vice President of Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, Friends Of The Kansas City Museum, and Scarritt Neighborhood Association. He has also served the Community as a Kansas City Landmarks Commissioner, Museum Advisory Board Commissioner, and Independence Avenue Design Review Commissioner, as well as having served on multiple Kansas City Task Forces. Will is a former Naval Officer, Commercial Airline Pilot, Real Estate Developer, and Litigation Financier. He is actively recruiting volunteers to help facilitate the rapidly growing interest in new Park activities.

Jessica Bossert – Vice President

Jessica and husband, Alan, reside in Pendleton Heights and were attracted to the historic northeast for its architecture and proximity to the urban core. Shortly after settling in they discovered Cliff Drive/Kessler Park and the seeds for an active and adventurous lifestyle were planted. The park became a special place to retreat from the stresses of daily life. Today, Jessica enjoys cycling and running on the drive as well as trail running, and she can't wait to share this retreat with others by expanding the use of Cliff Drive through trail runs, mountain bike races, disc golf and climbing events. Jessica is helping build and expand community support for the park through the Boy Scouts and other local organizations.

Adam Schieber – Treasurer

Adam’s goal is to have all of Kansas City see Kessler Park as their recreational playground for extreme outdoor activities. From rock climbing, to mountain biking, pump tracks to disc golf, there should be something for everyone in the whole family available. If you have an idea for something you would like to see in a park but don’t think anyone would go along with your crazy idea, shoot Adam an email. He will. He loves crazy.

Cliff McMurray - Secretary

Clifford, with wife Jennifer and daughter Mallory, returned to Historic Northeast after a two year hiatus in the DC suburbs of Maryland. Cliff Drive, Kessler Park, and the historic architecture of the area attracted the McMurrays when they first moved to Kansas City in 2006 and brought them back in 2013. 

As a stay-at-home dad, Clifford has had the opportunity to engage in advocacy work related to Cliff Drive, Historic Northeast, and Kansas City Public Schools. Clifford’s professional experience includes positions in both the private and non-profit sectors. He began his career as a programmer/analyst and has kept one foot in IT as he transitioned into public policy analysis and advocacy. Clifford also serves on the board of the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association.

Andres March – Technical Director

A Silicon Valley start up team veteran and programming professional, Andres and his family chose Scarritt Renaissance in Kansas City for its urban but nature based location, and urban farming friendly vibe. With over 15 years experience designing and implementing database and software solutions, Andres has tackled some of the most complex software problems. These solutions include business intelligence and analytics, online gaming, and enterprise application lifecycle management. He contributes his considerable expertise to the organization by focusing on collaboration, social networking, and archival.

Brett Shoffner - Executive Director

Brett is leading the charge to redevelop the park into "the place to be".  He foresees tens of thousands of users per week coming to Cliff Drive to enjoy the naturalness within the urban woodlands along the Missouri River bluffs.  An urban/environmental planner by profession, Brett is keen on creating a sustainable place that can be adapted for virtually any use to keep up with ever evolving societal and recreational trends.  He is the lead trail designer and point person for all work being done throughout the park.  He enjoys running/riding Cliff Drive and the nature trails, playing disc golf at the 18 hole course near the Reservoir, and assisting climbers as they make their way along the sixteen bolted routes on a 40 foot tall, natural limestone face.